With the release of their debut effort, The World Is Well Lost, the Tel Aviv, Israel-based trio Vaadat Charigim (which translates roughly into Exceptions Committee in English) received international attention for a sound that’s heavily indebted to 80s and 90s alternative rock, despite the fact that their material is exclusively sung in Hebrew. And as a result, the Tel Aviv-based band comprised of Juval Haring (guitar and vocals), Yuval Guttman (drums) and Dan Fabian Bloch (bass) are considered at the forefront of an Israeli rock revival, and one of Israel’s preeminent contemporary acts.
The Israeli trio’s forthcoming sophomore effort, Sinking as a Stone is the second part of a planned “Tel Aviv” trilogy, in which the band’s material focuses on the search for meaning in a catastrophic war-torn world. Whereas their debut effort dealt directly with an actual catastrophe, the sophomore effort, which Burger Records will release Stateside and Anova Music in Israel on the 19th reportedly deals with existential boredom – the sort of boredom in which the observer is acutely aware of a moment of clarity in which they can feel time slowly passing by, and in which they are perhaps the most aware of their own self. (Interestingly, the album’s title in Hebrew literally translates to “The Boredom Sinks In.”) Each song on the album explores a variety of boredom that a young Israeli (or any young person, really) could find him or herself experience: the boredom of waiting, the boredom of trying to find love and never really finding it, the boredom of death, when you’ve seen way too much of it, the boredom of life that seems destined for endless and souls repetition, and so on. As John Berryman once wrote, “Life, friends is boring/We must not say so . . “ Perhaps he’s right.
The album’s first single “Ein Li Makom” which translates roughly into “I have no place” is a moody and gorgeously shimmering bit of shoegaze rock, comprised of shimmering and swirling guitar chords fed through layers of reverb and distortion and paired with seemingly dispassionate, almost bored vocals and harmonies fed through layers of reverb. Sonically and thematically, the song sounds as though it could have been released as a minor hit in late 80s and early 90s, so it shouldn’t be surprising that some Western outlets have compared the band’s sound to RIDE and Slowdive.
The recently released official video was directed by Juval Haring’s brother Tal and depicts a night in the life of a Tel Aviv music scene veteran, portrayed by an actual Tel Aviv music scene veteran, Aviv Mark, the former frontman of Subway Suckers and a cameo from Ami Shalev, best known a a former member of Monotonix. The video reveals that the plight of an older musician can be equally lonely, pathetic and sad. Despite his experience and worldliness, the music vet sees that he doesn’t quite fit in. As a movie character once said “you get older and they all get younger” and in this man’s case, he can’t seem to avoid the fact that his youth has gotten away from him; that time rushes past you, no matter what. Of course, at one point he encounters what he thinks is a person in an alien costume – but the maybe they’re an actual alien. And there’s a hint that our music veteran gets abducted or freed from his lonely boredom.